Greek 110: Greek Epic

Spring Term, 2014

Textbooks (in bookstore):

Allen Rogers Benner, ed., Selections from Homer's Iliad, ISBN 978-1146347112

W. Owen and E. Goodspeed, Homeric Vocabularies, University of Oklahoma Press paperback, ISBN 978-0806108285

Meeting: MWTh 1:00-1:50 pm, Olin-Sang 104

Requirements: daily translation and readings in secondary literature, hour examination, problem set on epic diction (=final paper); weekly quizzes on vocabulary from Owen & Goodspeed

Prerequisites: Greek 30 or equivalent preparation in Ancient Greek

Instructor: Lenny Muellner, Mandel 214; Office hours: MW 2:00-3:00 pm; Tel. 781-736-2185; Email:

Goal of course: to read selections from the Iliad and to learn about the diction and composition of Homeric Epic as well as its interpretation.

Principal secondary sources:

Albert Lord, The Singer of Tales, Cambridge, 1960; reprinted with a new introduction, Cambridge, 2000.

Milman Parry, ed. A. Parry, The Making of Homeric Verse: The Collected Papers of Milman Parry, Oxford, 1971.